Barbados cherry, Malpighia glabra
||High (10-12 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||12" x 12"
Native throughout the Caribbean, Barbados cherry should be included in every landscape in South Florida. The entire plant is highly ornamental. It forms a large shrub or small tree to about 12' tall and wide, with gracefully drooping pendant branches well-clothed in dark green, holly-like evergreen foliage. Beautiful, delicate, small pink flowers, the color and texture of a pink crape myrtle, appear periodically from April to October. A mature plant will make an extremely showy floral display. These are followed about one month later by bright red, tart-tasting, 1" fruits that are extremely high in vitamin C. The fruit is excellent eaten fresh but can also be used for sauces, preserves or as a topping for baked goods. It can also be used like lemon to prevent bananas and other fruit from discoloring.
Growing in full sun or partial shade, Barbados cherry needs fertile, nematode-free soil and is not salt-tolerant.
Plant 5-6' feet apart for a mass planting or to develop a tall, thick screen. This open, upright, evergreen shrub grows at a slow pace, making it well-suited as a foundation planting for larger buildings or used in the rear of the shrub border. Trained to numerous multitrunks, it can be used as a small accent tree just as Japanese ligustrum is used. The multitrunks rise sinuously up through the crown, creating a sculptured specimen well-suited for placing near a patio, deck or entry way to attract attention. It is handsome and sculptural when lit up with uplights at night.
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